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NYSC defies calls to cancel postings to troubled North

| July 4, 2012 More

National Youth Service Corps members

The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the National Youth Service Corps to cancel the posting of corps members sent to the states that have security challenges.

The House further requested the NYSC to redeploy the affected corps members in relatively safe places until the security challenges in the affected states are resolved.

The new corps members and their parents had protested the posting to some northern states where there had been reported cases of bombing and other violent acts. The states include Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi and Plateau.

But the NYSC had insisted that the corps members would not be reposted except they first reported at their original states of posting.

In a statement by the NYSC Director of Public Relations, Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe, on Tuesday, the directorate said it had empowered state coordinators to attend to requests for redeployment, adding that the NYSC guidelines said that corps members could only be redeployed on marital or health grounds.

The statement reads, “This is to inform all 2012 Batch ‘B’ corps members and the general public that state governments and the NYSC operators have put in place measures to guarantee the security to lives and property of corps members deployed to camps for the ongoing orientation course.

“Prospective corps members should therefore proceed to their respective camps for induction into the noble scheme.

“However, those who have genuine reasons to seek for relocation out of their states of posting, should register first in their states of deployment and then submit application there for consideration.

“The two grounds for consideration remain marital (for those who are married) and health (for those with extreme medical ailments)

“Please note that no request for change of posting to deployed states will be attended to at the Directorate Headquarters, Abuja, as state coordinators have been empowered to attend to Relocation Requests in their states.”

Adopting a motion by Peter Edeh (ANPP–Ebonyi), the House said NYSC should continue to desist from posting corps members to the troubled states.

Leading debate on the merits of the motion, Edeh said that the recent posting of ‘’ Batch B’’ NYSC members to certain areas of the country had caused a lot of concern to the public.

He said the posting had elicited outcry from the affected corps members, as well as Nigerians due to the security challenges in those states and that some corps members lost their lives as a result of insecurity in their places of primary assignment in the past.

“Let us do what is practical, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) says security and welfare should be the primary concern of government.

“They (corps members) should not be posted to where they are not safe,’’ he said.

Bitrus Kaze (PDP–Plateau) in his contribution in support of the motion said the motion was in good faith as the issue concerned human lives.

Fort Dike (PDP–Anambra) on his part agreed with the mover of the motion that it would be unfair to post corps members to where their safety might not be guaranteed.

“It is unfair to post people to places where indigenes are running away from,’’ Dike warned.

Femi Gbajabiamila (ACN–Lagos) said the motion was timely as it concerned the welfare of people, and urged his colleagues to support it.

The motion was not opposed hence it was subsequently adopted by the House.

Meanwhile, a number of prospective corps members were seen loitering around the NYSC Headquarters on Tuesday, desperate for a change of heart by the Director-General, Brig. Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia, on their postings.

One of the corps members who gave her name simply as Rashidat from Osun State said she was ready to lose another year if her posting to Bauchi State was not reversed.

She said, “I am a Muslim but those who kill in the name of Islam don’t care, bombs do not pick and choose who is a Christian or a Muslim and since these people don’t want western education we are potential targets because if you are posted to a school you are not safe.”

 

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